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GRAND CHALLENGES LECTURE SERIES THE ‘BETRAYAL OF WHITE PUPILS’ (AND OTHER LIES WE’RE TOLD ABOUT RACE AND EDUCATION) OUT OF THE WRECKAGE: A NEW POLITICS FOR AN AGE OF CRISIS PROFESSOR DAVID GILLBORN 4 MAY 2018 | WESTMINSTER THEATRE CHANCELLOR’S BUILDING | 6.00PM-7.00PM FREE ADMISSION | REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE GEORGE MONBIOT 21 MARCH 2018 | KEELE HALL | THE SALVIN ROOM 6.00PM-7.00PM FREE ADMISSION REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE In April 2016 the front page of the Daily Mail, Britain’s most politically influential newspaper, was dominated by the headline ‘Betrayal of White Pupils’. The story is part of a long running campaign, waged across the mass media and mainstream politics, that presents White people as race victims, ignored by the ‘elite’ and treated as second-class citizens in the face of multiculturalism and political correctness. In education, this lie has been perpetrated by both main political parties and has led to education policy that not only ignores racist inequality, but actively reinforces and worsens the situation. Whilst migration and social integration are frequently cited as our major concerns, the greater challenge here is whether and how we can move the White majority from its position of assumed dominance and superiority. Professor David Gillborn is Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) at the University of Birmingham and Professor of Critical Race Studies. His research on racism in educational policy and practice and, in particular, his championing the growth of Critical Race Theory (CRT) internationally has earned him notable honours. David is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Recent publications are ‘The Colour of Class’ (co-authored with Nicola Rollock, Stephen J. Ball and Carol Vincent, 2015) and ‘Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education’ (co- edited with Edward Taylor and Gloria Ladson-Billings, 2016). 8 racism is a deeply-rooted characteristic of education in England A toxic ideology rules the world – of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world. George Monbiot explains how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a ‘politics of belonging’. Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society. His new and thrilling vision provides the hope and clarity required to change the world. take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions George Monbiot writes a weekly column for the Guardian and is the author of a number of books, including How Did We Get Into This Mess?; Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning; The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order; Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain; and Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life. His most recent project is an a lbum, written with the musician Ewan McLennan, called Breaking the Spell of Loneliness. 9